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The Ten Halloween Edition: Poker Costumes

In the Spirit of Halloween We're Showing You Getups Worn by Some of Your Favorite Poker Players


This week for The Ten we are honoring Halloween by giving you a ranking of the most memorable costumes worn in a poker setting.

Some are the result of losing a prop bet, but nonetheless were all in good fun. Which one is your favorite, and which ones did we miss?

Happy Halloween from the staff at Card Player!

Take a look:

1. Phil Hellmuth as Caesar: The “Poker Brat” is known for his opulent entrances to World Series of Poker main events, and in 2009 he outdid himself by being carried in as Julius Caesar. In the past he has dressed as a race car driver and a MMA fighter.

Phil Hellmuth. Credit: ESPN

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2. Phil Laak as an old man: At the 2008 WSOP main event, Laak showed up with a costume that bent tournament rules. After this, the WSOP allegedly instituted a “Phil Laak” rule, where you can’t wear masks at the table.

Laak said he spent six hours doing makeup for this costume, after being inspired by an episode of Jackass. “Walter” will not be making another appearance in a WSOP event.

Phil Laak

3. Daniel Negreanu as Scotty Nguyen: Negreanu does a mean Scotty impersonation, and at the 2009 NBC Heads Up Championship mimicked the “Prince of Poker” when the duo were playing against each other.

Daniel Negreanu

4. Bertrand Grospellier as the Joker: Grospellier had this costume in 2008 at the PokerStars APPT Season 2 Macau main event, around the time that the Dark Knight came out.

Bertrand Grospellier. Credit PokerStars

5. Shaun Deeb as a woman: In a WSOP ladies event one year, Deeb entered dressed in drag. The stunt had a mixed reception among the poker playing community.

Shaun Deeb

6. Tom Dwan as a flamingo: After losing a bet, Dwan was forced to wear this head gear during the duration of the 2008 World Poker Tour Championship. He wore the thing on his way to finishing in ninth.

Tom Dwan

7. Kara Scott as a bunny: After losing a prop bet in a tournament a couple of years ago, Scott had to make a TV appearance in a rabbit suit.

Kara Scott. Credit PartyPoker

8. Joe Sebok as Wonder Woman: At the mercy of a prop bet, Sebok has also worn Robin, Spider Man, and bear costumes.

Joe Sebok

9. Jeff Madsen as a jester: In the same vein as the Grospellier outfit, Madsen dressed in this costume after losing a three-way bet to Sebok and Gavin Smith at the 2007 WSOP.

Jeff Madsen. Credit

10. Unknown as Elmo: Before Laak’s old man costume, this famous WSOP getup caught the cameras among a sea of poker players. How could this be comfortable?

Credit Las Vegas Review-Journal